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Posted: 19-Aug-2004, 06:36 PM
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As per Elspeth's request, here is the final version of my poem. I hope you like it! Please let me know what you think of it!

By Allen R. Alderman

Were you there, Barabas,
The day that Jesus died?
Did you see Him stumble up that hill?
Did you hear their mournful cries?
Did you watch in fascination
As they nailed Him to the cross?
Did you think about the life you'd gained
In return for what He'd lost?

We have a lot in common,
Barabas, you and I,
Though oceans separate us
And centuries divide.
A bond was forged between us
As He hung upon that tree,
For on the day He took your place,
He also died for me.

I was just as guilty,
My sins were just as great,
My life was just as worthless
Deserving that same fate.
But, oh, the blood of Jesus!
None other would suffice
To wash away my guilty stains
And pay sin's heavy price.

I hope you were there, Barabas,
I truly hope you saw,
And as the sun grew dark that day,
I hope you stood in awe
To see so great a love
Displayed so willingly
And knew the King who died for you
Had truly set you free.

Someday, dear Barabas,
I hope to see your face.
We'll dance in jubilation
And we'll sing Amazing Grace.
Brothers, not by mortal flesh,
But through the blood of Calvary
That broke the chains that held us bound
And set the guilty free.

Sln agus beannachd,
Allen R. Alderman

'S i Alba tr mo chridhe. 'S i Gidhlig cnan m' anama.
Scotland is the land of my heart. Gaelic is the language of my soul.
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Posted: 19-Aug-2004, 06:41 PM
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Well done.

I love the whole idea of imagining the conversion of Barabas. I never went there before.



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Posted: 21-Aug-2004, 07:23 PM
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My hat's off to you! I think you've hit a point so strong, to think of Barabas as having possibly received the salvation offered to anyone who would believe. Great work!

The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error. ~John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859

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Hey Wizard, I just got to read this today and really enjoyed it. It really is well written. You should consider trying some more. thumbs_up.gif

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